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   Posted 8/9/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you think having active ulcerative colitis is good enough reason to be excused from jury duty?

I've never registered to vote based on the sole fact that I was told you couldn't be called for jury duty if you weren't, but I opened my mailbox today and there it was... summoned for duty on 9/11/08. You've got to be kidding me!!

I think it's more my social anxiety that's making me not want to do it than anything but I don't want to do this! Just the idea of it freaks me out and makes me feel sick. Any advice??

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) diagnosed at age 15; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use. 

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg
Trying out Lialda, 2 pills/day


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   Posted 8/9/2008 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I was able to get an exemption from Jury Duty with a letter from my GI doc...believe me, I'd rather sit in jury duty for a year straight than have this stupid disease!!!

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   Posted 8/9/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I also think you can get out of it with a note from your GI.

The idea of sitting there all day without a poo break totally stresses me out and I haven't even been summoned for JD.
Age: 48
location: Seattle, Wa
currently in small flare, tail end of colon
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Asacol 3 pills 3 x/day, Cortifoam at bedtime, Canansa in the morning
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis

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   Posted 8/9/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Well at least there is now no reason for you not to register to vote! And it is so important to vote nowadays!

--Mom of bratcat (17 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Current meds:
Asacol - 4 pills/3Xday, 15 mg prednisone, Remicade
11/14/06 - started prednisone; 1/28/07 - finished prednisone!
3/3/07 - began to taper off hydrocortisone sloowwly! Summer 2007 - slowly began tapering Rowasa. 9/07 -- flaring? Nightly Rowasa. 9/21/07 -- added hydrocortisone enemas. 9/30/07--added prednisone. 10/31--started 6-mp, stopped the enemas. Started lowering prednisone. 3/08-another flare!  7/3/08-Step 1 j-pouch surgery

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   Posted 8/9/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I just dealt with this a couple months ago. My doc wouldn't write me a note to excuse me, because he said, "The whole point is to get you well enough to be able to do things like that." I was tempted to say, "You haven't made it happen for the last six months, why would it be better by the time jury duty comes?" He's such an idiot.

I hope you have a more sympathetic doctor. When I did my jury duty, I ate a bland breakfast (just toast) and brought a big bag of pretzels with me to munch on throughout the day. I never had a problem with needing to go to the bathroom. You may want to speak with the clerk about your needs before going into the courtroom.

BTW, the jury duty experience was so fascinating and educational that I actually wouldn't mind doing it again.
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML 2X daily, Cortenama 100 ML 1X daily, Bentyl 20 MG (as needed), and multivitamin daily.
Diet/Exercise:  No fructose, lactose, sorbitol, mannitol or wheat bran fiber.  Daily yoga, walking, or cardio w/weights.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (showing improvement)

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   Posted 8/9/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Here are two prior posts about jury duty:
Here is the UC post: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&p=1&m=1081913
I work for a law firm and gave some advice on one of those two about getting out of it.  Long story short, even if you have to appear for jury selection, if you are honest about your limitations on your forms and when speaking to the judge and attorneys you will almost definitely be excused.  But you must be clear you would rather be excused rather than accommodated since under the ADA we can't exclude people for having a disability.

26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 8/9/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been called once for jury duty in my life. My husband has probably received at least eight notices. Our son with UC received one when he was 18; go figure. Of course they picked him to serve on the jury too. He did tell them of his condition and told them that he'd probably be using the bathroom quite often. They said it was fine, so them kept him on the case. He loved it and said he learned a lot about the legal system in the process. They had him give a special signal when he had to 'go'.
Breast Cancer at 37; bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Colon resection 2004; Sub-Total colectomy September 2007 for colonic inertia - didn't work.
Son with UC; taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups. Recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis - now on Humira.
Husband with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.

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